BDE: Mrs. Chaya Surah Tessler, a”h
By: Boropark24 Staff
She was born to Reb Hershel and Yenta Solomon in the year 1926, in the town of Nasvid, Hungary. She was raised with incredible temimus and emunah peshutah—qualities that would stand her good stead when she would be faced with the test of her life, and emerge with her faith intact, and stronger than ever.
After enduring the horrors of the Holocaust in Auschwitz, Dachau, she emerged with not even third cousins; her entire family and extended family were wiped out.
She could have taken either path in those moments of loneliness, loss, and despair. But she chose a life of G-dliness and Yiddishkeit.
She married Reb Chaim Peretz Slowowitz in Bistric after the war, and applied for citizenship to America. Two children were born to them while they were in Europe. Tragically, her husband contracted cancer and died, leaving her to a tragic fate once again.
She remarried R’ Yitzchok Aizik Tessler, a Viznitzer Chossid, and they lived in the Boro Park community, davening in Viznitz and in Tenke.
A son-in-law relates that the nifteres would fast every Monday and Thursday until the age of eighty five, and would pour out her heart in earnest tefillah, with incredible emunah peshuta.
Within minutes of opening her siddur, the tears would come forth, and they would flow and flow.
To her family, she was a loving and doting matriarch, and she was a living role model of what it means to remain steadfast in every aspect of Yiddishkeit with herculean strength. “Her only consideration in life was, ‘I do what Hashem tells me,’” recalls a family member.
She leaves behind beautiful Torah family who are a credit to her legacy.
Yehi zichra baruch.